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RE: Are RV shows worth it?

We had shopped at a large RV dealer and found the model of RV we wanted. An RV show was being held later in the month so we went to it and shopped that model at two different dealers at the show. We called the original dealer and he was willing to knock $3000 off of the lowest price the show dealers would offer. We drove two hours to the original dealer and closed the deal.
the bear II 11/07/19 02:07pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Truck batteries

4 to 6 years is what I have experienced on 3 different vehicles.
the bear II 11/06/19 11:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Mattress or Hotel ?

Some of the sofa sleepers come with air type mattress from the factory. The only issues will be the built in motor on some of the mattresses and any sharp spots on the bed frame. My vote is for a new mattress. We have a couple of Aerobed mattresses we use for guests. The guests have indicated the mattresses are comfortable. I've used them for naps from time to time...no complaints
the bear II 11/05/19 01:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Just wondering

Look at the youtube channel for Keep Your Daydream They recently did a review of their F450 used to tow a heavy 39 foot toy hauler Here's the youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFM5zkB2gqA
the bear II 10/31/19 01:00pm Toy Haulers
RE: Quality versus Price

Between my parents and my family we have had 7 RVs since the 70's. In order to save weight the manufacturers use build techniques which are not as beefy as sticks and bricks houses. They do have to take into consideration the travel aspects of RVs and make them strong enough to survive various road conditions and weather. Unfortunately as a brand or model becomes popular, the assembly quality may suffer in order to keep up with demand. Our first 5th wheel was one of the first on the market with two slide outs with one of the slides being 14 feet long and 4 feet deep (super slide). This model became so popular the factory added a third shift to try to keep up with demand. So you can imagine a worker on the 2nd shift might be installing a sink and end of shift comes with the task not complete. The 3rd shift may not be aware the sink install is incomplete and the trailer ends up being shipped with loose connections. Our 1994 5th wheel had over 25 problems, most were cosmetic with only a few mechanical issues. Lack of quality is not just an RV industry issue...Our friend who bought a new house recently had over 300 problems identified during their final walk through, it was a 5000 sq ft house. Another friend had his oil change at one of the quick oil change places and drove off he got a few miles away and his engine seized up. They hadn't put the oil filter on.
the bear II 10/28/19 11:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Smokers! (meat, that is)

We use a Masterbuilt electric smoker that is about 15 years old and it works great. We carry it in the shower it's the size of a dorm size refrigerator. They now make one the size of a counter top ice maker. We have one but haven't tried it yet. Here's the website: https://www.masterbuilt.com/collections/smokers
the bear II 10/24/19 12:27pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Air Conditioner Upgrade/Replacement

Our 5th wheel had a Dometic 13500 btu unit that went bad and I install a Dometic 15,000 btu and it fit without any need for modification. That was at least 15 years ago. We park for 3 months in San Diego during the summer and usually run the A/C 24X7 due to the 80 plus degree heat. It has held up well. I've seen a lot of forum posts on several RV forums and on YouTube where RV owners have installed one of the Mini-Split air conditioners instead of a RV type air conditioners. The Mini-Splits seem to work better and use less power.
the bear II 10/04/19 09:38am Tech Issues
RE: Black starting to show through on rubber roof

As long as there are no cracks you should be good for at least another year provide you don't experience really harsh inclement weather. My roof started cracking at each edge and that's when I began seeing water damage in a couple of areas.
the bear II 09/30/19 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Freezer works, fridge does not.

If sun hits the side where the fridge is try shading that side to block the sun. Our Dometic will heat up during the afternoon when the sun is hitting that side of the RV. When the sun goes down it gets back to 35 - 37 degrees.
the bear II 09/30/19 12:42pm Tech Issues
RE: What Size RV is Right for Full-Timing

We have a 38foot 5th wheel and in the 25 years we've traveled with it have never had a problem finding a spot to park. There are usually private RV parks outside of a national park that accommodates larger RVs. Drive into the national park to see the sights each day; come back to a RV park with full amenities at the end of the day. Pools, hot tubs, full hookups...etc.
the bear II 09/27/19 12:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: full time 101 questions

My choice would be a used travel trailer (TT) as large as you can afford without having to take out a loan. You can find good used TTs for under $10,000. Upgrade to a newer model as needed and use the first one as a guest trailer.
the bear II 09/27/19 12:51pm Full-time RVing
RE: new generator time

I would search the internet for the model you want and see who has the best price local to you to save on shipping costs.
the bear II 09/20/19 12:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford SuperDuty more bumpy + jittery empty, than when loaded?

Our 3500 pickup and our new 4500 truck are both jittery/rough when empty. The hitch weight on our 5th wheel is 3000lbs. Both trucks get real smooth when connected to the 5th wheel. The 3500 rides like a Cadillac. The 4500 still gets a jitter in the front axle, I understand others have added bilstein shocks and it helps smooth out the front jitters.
the bear II 09/19/19 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Will fifth wheel front hit truck back window?

There was a video on YouTube at one time showing an RVer backing up his 5th wheel with a shortbed truck he made a turn and you got to watch the back window of his truck explode inside the cab. I've always had a long bed truck with my 5th wheel and never had a concern about the 5th wheel hitting the back of the cab. Until I had to drive up a small embankment to get turned to begin backing up into a spot. The cap contacted the cab beside the window and put a dent in it. So like others have said terrain may cause a contact.
the bear II 09/19/19 02:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Stopped to help fellow camper

Great Job...
the bear II 09/18/19 12:01pm Folding Trailers
RE: Smell and heat from rear wheel wells

A common problem is the seals for the axles will leak. Small amounts of rear end grease will get on the brake shoes or drums, if it's a small amount of grease it won't always affect braking performance. This can result in a smell that I guess could be mistaken for burnt plastic.
the bear II 09/17/19 02:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 99 to Stockton instead of the 5

Both have some rough spots It's kind of a 50/50 deal as to which is better for multiple reasons (trucks, road condition, construction,traffic, services, scenery...etc.)
the bear II 09/17/19 02:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Discount off MSRP

"Much off" is the key phrase... When a brand is popular like the Grand Designs are, then the MSRP and actual purchase price will be a lot closer together than a brand that the dealer needs to get off of the lot. As in "I can give you 10% discount on this Grand Design or if you come over here I can give you 65% off of this XYZ brand"
the bear II 09/17/19 12:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lippert ground clearance issue

Sounds like a jack tear off waiting to happen.
the bear II 09/17/19 12:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water leak

The connections to faucets will often vibrate loose or come loose from hot/cold expansion contraction. Try tightening the connections (hot and cold) on both faucets. The connections for our bathroom faucet would start leaking every 5th or 6th trip. After the second time, I took it apart and used teflon tape to seal it. Hasn't leaked since.
the bear II 09/16/19 02:09pm Class A Motorhomes
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